BUT THE GREATEST OF THESE IS LOVE.
I will tell you that thinking your relationship with Him is based on your works or your "perfectly hammered out doctrine" or the church you belong to... can be JUST AS MUCH of a slippery slope as "issues of sin"! Jesus talked often about what a heavy yoke religion and tedious systems can be. Just read what He had to say to the Pharisees and the people who followed their teachings about how dangerous their "yeast" was!
I think of Jesus' total disdain for religion when He said (and was quoting the Old Testament no less), "These people honor me with their lips, but their HEARTS are far from Me. They worship me in vain. Their teachings are but rules taught by men!" I feel this is as relevant today as it was when Jesus said it and Isaiah "penned" it many many years ago!
You know, I don't EXPECT people to be like me...I am not looking for fame or to create some following. When people possibly see Jesus in me, that is AN HONOR, but that is NOT my purpose in life. To me, "making a disciple" means I lead them TO Jesus, so that they can become a follower of Him, not teach them to see Jesus in EXACTLY the way I do. Because guess what, I don't HAVE all the answers. I also know it won't be long before they see the many, many flaws of me and any system I may present! I wouldn't ever want anyone to turn me into their own personal Jesus! (80's song! haha) I would like them to seek HIM for themselves!
"For everyone who asks receives, the one who SEEKS WILL FIND, and to the one who knocks, the door WILL be opened." I believe that.
You... don't HAVE to believe that if you don't want to.
I believe we are ALL hungering for REAL Love and Acceptance and Grace and Joy and Peace. Jesus came to BRING JUST THAT! Really! No strings attached other than TAKING it and only the Father knows those who are His! (2nd Timothy).
All this to say, that I realize I am still growing too!! I DO NOT have it "all figured out" and actually, I PRAY I never feel I do!! We are ALL growing and maturing. My thought is, it's either going to be toward Jesus or away from Jesus. But I don't have to worry about YOUR growth... only mine. My HOPE is in the SUN.. (Son) who helps me to grow and the Living Water that He gives me each day!